Spesh to be taped at American Airlines Arena in November
NBC’s got Cher, babe.The Peacock has sealed a deal with the former Mrs. Bono to tape a two-hour concert special featuring the now-blonde diva for air sometime midseason. The NBC spec marks Cher’s first network concert special in years; her most recent — including 1999’s “Cher — Live in Concert.”– have aired on HBO. Cher will tape the special during her two-night stint at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on Nov. 6 and 7. The Oscar winner (“Moonstruck”) is currently in the midst of a “farewell” concert tour to showcase the release of her new album, “Living Proof.” “Living Proof: The Farewell Tour,” which kicked off in June, features new material as well as classic Cher songs such as “I Got You Babe” and “If I Could Turn Back Time.” The concert special comes from Serpent Films; Lindsay Scott (“Cher: Live in Concert From Las Vegas”) will exec produce, along with Roger Davies (“What’s Love Got to Do With It?”). David Mallet (“MTV Icon: Janet Jackson”) will direct. TV vet Cher, of course, is no stranger to network television, having spent years at CBS both with Sonny Bono (1971-74’s “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour,” 1975-76’s “Cher” and 1976-77’s “The Sonny and Cher Show”). She most recently popped up on the Peacock, guest-starring twice as herself on “Will & Grace.” “Cher’s audience transcends the generations, and we look forward to re-visiting her many career highlights in so many entertainment arenas,” said Jeff Gaspin, NBC Entertainment’s exec VP of alternative series, longform and program strategy. “She’s managed to stay contemporary through the decades and that is no small accomplishment in any era.” More recently, Cher’s hit 1999 song “Believe” won a Grammy Award for best dance recording. The singer holds the record for the longest span between No. 1 singles among pop recording artists on the Billboard charts (1965-99). Other upcoming concerts on NBC include two specials with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw in November, and another entry featuring the Dixie Chicks in December.